New innovation hub to launch in Wrexham
The founder of Caerphilly-based innovation centre Welsh ICE is to open a new innovation hub in North Wales and is on the lookout for founding members.
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the hub will be based in Wrexham and create 260 high-skilled jobs across the next two years.
Announced by Economy Secretary Ken Skates last year, the centre will run as a two-year pilot and support 100 new businesses in the region. It’ll be backed by around £1 million of private investment.
Over the coming months, the Wrexham Enterprise Hub will bring “people and businesses together in a creative and collaborative space”. It’ll be delivered by Town Square Spaces on behalf of Business Wales.
Skates said the hub will accelerate business growth in North Wales. “The new hub in Queen’s Square will play a vital role in the development of our new cohort of successful and ambitious entrepreneurs and will help deliver the right environment for aspiring entrepreneurs to flourish,” he commented.
The hub will be located on Rhosddu Road in the Welsh town. Gareth Jones, founder of Welsh Ice and Town Square Spaces, said the location is the “first step towards a burgeoning new space for business in North Wales”.
He said: “The response from the community has been very positive. We feel strongly that Wrexham has enough creative and determined people to make a success of this project, and build something that will make a positive lasting impact to the growth of the town centre.
“We’ve already started working with over 40 people through our 5 to 9 Club, though there are definitely many more potential business founders than at present.
Gareth said the centre will help people turn their ideas into successful companies. “We believe that, given the right support, anyone with passion and the right attitude can start a business,” he added.
“Where there is a need for a product or service, there are opportunities to create an income fulfilling that need. It will be our job at the Wrexham Enterprise Hub to guide people to create a business for themselves, and therefore jobs for others in the community.”